We’ve done all the preparing, we’ve celebrated with family and eaten mountains of food, we’ve given and received gifts and now we are reviving after the exhaustion of the Christmas season.
I will share something with you which will help put all the above in to the context of the season of the birth of Christ.
A friend shared a little speech from a family member that was given on Thanksgiving Day. She said that God had been supremely good to her.
She commented on the lush farmland, the beautiful supportive community, the freedom she enjoyed in their country, and of course her husband and two boys.
One boy was born with a list of serious health conditions including a cleft palate, a heart defect requiring open heart surgery when just six-weeks old, and Downs Syndrome, to name a few.
She didn’t look at all those as blessings, but the lessons learned were blessings. She said the talent of the surgeons, the insight of the nursing staff were examples of people sharing their God given gifts.
Also, the love, compassion and faith of other parents she met on her countless visits to the hospital inspired her, gave her courage and strengthened her faith.
She admitted she couldn’t ever repay the kindness and help of a wonderful friend who came to her home to care her son for several years.
In time he was able to attend a day-care centre like any other child and this meant the world to his mother.
The story goes on, but this lady tells me that no matter what hand we are dealt in life, look for the good at every opportunity.
She had reasons to say that God was not kind to her and her family; yet she was able to see the hand of God in everything and everyone because she saw the good.
Her message and example give us some practical lessons for Christmas — no matter what is happening in our lives during the Christmas season, look for the good . . . the Christ Child will be everywhere.